New York: Actors Shefali Shah, Jaideep Ahlawat and director Avinash Arun Dhaware won the top honours at the 2023 New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) that showcased and celebrated new Indian cinema among the diaspora and global audience here.
The gala ran from May 11-14 here and this year’s festival line-up featured 35 films that showcased the depth and range of contemporary Indian cinema, including dramas, documentaries, and short films.
The festival culminated Sunday with an award ceremony where winners were announced for prizes in categories such as best actor, film, director and screenplay.
”Saudi Vellakka” won the Best Film award at the 2023 edition of the NYIFF, while Dhaware received the Best Director award for his critically acclaimed film ”Three of Us” starring Shah, Ahlawat and Swanand Kirkire.
Shah and Ahlawat won the Best Actress and Best Actor awards for ”Three of Us”, which was the opening film at the festival. Deepti Naval and Kalki Koechlin-starrer ”Goldfish” was the film extravaganza’s closing title.
”Follower” received the Best Screenplay award, ”To Kill a Tiger” won the Best Documentary (Short & Feature) and ”Birah” won the Best Short (Narrative) award while Leslie Shampaine received the prestigious Best Documentary by a Woman award for ”Call Me Dancer”.
”Footprints On Water”, starring Adil Hussain, won the prestigious title of Best Debut Film at NYIFF, as acclaimed by the Film Critics Circle of India.
The highlight of this year’s festival, considered North America’s longest running and most prestigious Indian film festival, included a special New York screening of Rahul Chittella’s critically praised film ”Gulmohar” starring cinema veterans Sharmila Tagore and Amol Palekar, and acclaimed actors Manoj Bajpayee and Simran.